Yogurt Jar Crafts Online

Get together on Zoom and make a craft using yogurt jars. | Children

Wednesday December 3 | 4-4:45 PM – Votive Candle

Register for December 3 Class


Wednesday December 17 | 4-4:45 PM – Indoor Herb Garden

Register for December 17 Class


Let’s get together on Zoom and make a craft using yogurt jars! Spaces are limited to 12 participants. For children aged 5-12.

STEP 1 – Register for the class using the buttons above, or call the library for help.

STEP 2 – Call the library to make an appointment to pick up supplies curbside starting November 28 at either East Springfield or Mason Square branches.

For further information, please contact Laura Normand at lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org.

Paint Like a Pro – Online

Learn to paint in a fun class held online.


Saturday December 5 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Adults 18+

Make a stunning replica of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting Miracle Flowers. Local artist and arts educator Greg Maichaick guides you through easy steps to recreate the masterwork.

Perfect for the beginner or the semi-skilled, this fun and hands-on pastel painting class is a perennial favorite.

Space and supplies (provided for pickup ahead of time) are limited, so sign up early to assure yourself a seat. Please register below to receive the Zoom link for the classes.

If the class is full but you’re still interested, please sign up for the wait list, so if we offer an additional class we can let you know!

Register Here


Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the classes.

Paint Like a Pro receives funding from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.


First Monday of every month | 7-8 PM | Ages 16+
December 7
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3

Come and strum with other ukulele enthusiasts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere guided by the Valley’s Ambassador of the Ukulele, Julie Stepanek.

Use your own ukelele, or borrow one from the Central Library (a limited number are available to borrow on a first-come first-serve basis).

Click here to join the Strum-Along! (Zoom link coming soon.)

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the strum-along on Zoom.

This event is supported by the Rose Smith Music Fund.

Ukulele Classes for Teens – Online

Learn the basics of ukulele in this fun, stress-free class. | Teens


Instructor Julie Stepanek will teach the basics of ukulele in this fun, stress-free class. Guaranteed to have you strumming in no time!

Students are expected to attend all three classes.

Don’t have a ukulele? Call the library to borrow a ukulele and pick it up curbside.

Limited to 15 participants. For ages 12-17. Please register below to receive the Zoom link for the classes.

Monday December 7 | 4 – 5 PM

Wednesday December 9 | 4 – 5 PM

Saturday December 12 | 10 – 11 AM

Register for All 3  Classes


Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the classes.

This class is supported by the Rose Smith Music Fund.

November 2020 Family Activities

Three activities for families in November – pick up at curbside at selected locations | Children and Families

Kindness Month: Chalk the Walk

November 2-16

We’ll be busy this November drawing and writing kind words and happy pictures on our library sidewalk. Keep the kindness going!

Call the library and schedule a time to pick up your sidewalk chalk, then get to work writing positive messages and drawings in your neighborhood. Take a photo and share it with us!

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Springfield Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Mason Square Branch

Leaves of Kindness

Entire Month of November

Help fill our library with leaves of kindness! Pick up your “leaf” at curbside, and add a kind message. At the end of the month, one special leaf will win a drawing for a $15 gift card to an area store. For all ages.

At the following locations: East Forest Park Branch, East Springfield Branch, Mason Square Branch

Me and My Community: An Art Show for Children 5 and under

Entire Month of November

Enjoy an interactive project with your little one while teaching the importance of friends, neighbors and community helpers. Children are invited to submit a picture or poster on the theme of “Me and My Community” to be displayed in the windows of the Sixteen Acres and East Forest Park Branches.

Use material from home or contact Sixteen Acres or East Forest Park to collect extra paper and crayons through curbside pickup. Adults are welcome to include a brief caption along with the child’s first name and age.

To receive a board book participation prize, please put an adult’s full name and contact information on the back of each entry. Entries can be returned by mail, curbside pickup or book drop.

At the following locations: Sixteen Acres Branch, East Forest Park Branch

123 Andrés Bilingual Concerts for Families

Enjoy catchy tunes in both Spanish and English, at these interactive shows online!

Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés are bringing their bilingual tunes and irresistible Latin beats right to your home and will get you up, moving and laughing. Get ready to enjoy catchy tunes, in both Spanish and English, and an interactive show!

These events will take place on our Library’s Facebook page – no registration required!

El dúo musical 123 Andrés, ganador de un Grammy Latino, traerá sus melodías bilingües y sus irresistibles ritmos latinos directamente a su casa y le hará levantarse, moverse y reírse. ¡Prepárese para disfrutar de melodías pegadizas, tanto en español como en inglés, y de un programa interactivo!

Estos eventos se llevarán a cabo en la página de Facebook de nuestra biblioteca — ¡sin necesidad de registrarse!

Tues, Nov 10 at 10am ET
Thurs, Nov 19 at 2pm ET
Tues, Dec 1 at 2pm ET
Thurs, Dec 17 at 10am ET

123 Andrés is brought to you by the Rose Smith Music Fund.

123 Andrés, the husband-wife team of Andrés and Christina, has performed for audiences across the US and in Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico and Colombia.

Andrés grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and learned how to play the guitar from his father as a child. He studied clarinet at the Conservatory and had his first studio experience at age eight. He went on to earn a Doctorate in music and win first prize in the National Composition Contest in Colombia for one of his early songs.

Christina was raised in the US, in a Spanish-speaking family hailing from Colombia, and studied theater and dance as a child. After serving as a classroom teacher in public schools and earning a Masters in Education from Penn, she found her mission teaching through music.

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed, please join our Facebook group for Knot Just Knitters! Click and answer a few quick questions to be approved. We hope to see you in the group soon!

We also have live knitting events, see below!

NEW: Knot Just Knitters – Live At Lunchtime!

Do you secretly wait for lunch to pick up your yarn and knit or crochet a few rows? Then KJK Live at Lunchtime is just what you ordered! Relax and stitch while you catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Are you a beginner, or need help with a pesky pattern? Seasoned needle artists are here to help and to give advice about tools, yarns and techniques. No registration required, just click on the link to join! To join us live online, click here for the Zoom link!

Wednesdays: Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16.

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Indian Orchard
Every Monday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Sixteen Acres
Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858

Central LibraryCommunity Room
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

East Springfield
Every Friday, from 10 AM – 12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Mason Square
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6853

East Forest Park
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6843

Teen Advisory Boards

Would you like to make changes at the library? Join one of our Teen Advisory Boards and share your ideas. | Teens

East Forest Park
If interested, please contact 413-263-6836.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
Teens, shouldn’t you have a say in what your library does? We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share ideas about improving library programming and events and give input on  material selection. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Teen Readers Advisory Panel
Last Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 – 5:45 PM | Ages 13-19

Here’s your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served.  If interested, please fill in this online application below or contact the young adult reference librarian.

Application for the Teen Readers Advisory Panel (TRAP) - Sixteen Acres
Please read the Teen Advisory Information Sheet before completing the form. Thank you.